Goal one: I want to gain a better knowledge of what I am/will be doing in the athletic training field and profession. To reach this, my goal is to have all A's in every class by the middle of the semester. Goal two: I want to stay on top of my clinical packet, and have half of it completed by midterms. To achieve this goal, I want to get a minimum of 22 attempts and 11 mysteries per week. Goal three: I want to be able to perform a full eval without the help of an upper classman. To achieve this goal I will try to perform one eval every two weeks (real or scenario).
I chose to focus on these goals because they relate to things that I could have focused on a lot more last semester. I want to make this semester better than last semester and I feel as though by accomplishing and focusing on these goals I will be able to have a better overall semester and experience with AT.
This week I received nine attempts towards my clinical packet. I got two attempts in the clinic, one for taping an athletes knee and another for taking history on a head injury during an eval. My other seven attempts came from Brianne's upper class where we worked on ROM and MMT of c-spine and thoracic.
I have already begun to work on my goals for this semester! I had a little bit of clinical excitement this week when an equestrian girl came into the clinic after falling off of a horse as it landed from a jump. She was slung off and she hit her ribs on the ground first, then her head. I was asked to do the eval with the help of another student. She had the textbook symptoms of a concussion and she was referred for an x-ray of her ribs because there was a palpable deformity and it was believed that she might have fractured a rib or two. I am meeting with Chaypin at some point this week to put the eval into the computer, which will be exciting because I have not had to do that yet! I'm eager to do more eval and rely less and less on the upperclassman for help and guidance, but I had to start somewhere!